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"Free days" announced for state parks

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced their free days for parks across the state.

The first one is Martin Luther King Junior holiday weekend from January 14th through the 16th. Visitors won't need the Discover Pass to go out and enjoy their state parks.

The "free days" are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a 30-dollar annual or 10 dollar one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands.               

The Discover Pass legislation provided that state parks could designate up to 12 "free days" when the pass would not be required to visit state parks.

The free days only apply at state parks. You'll still need Discover Pass to access DFW and DNR lands.

The free days this year are: Martin Luther King Junior holiday weekend from January 14th to the 16th, the state parks 99th birthday on March 18th and 19th, National Get Outdoors Day on June ninth, September 29th which is National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day weekend from November 10th to the 12th.